Physician’s orders: A brand new strategy to meals insecurity

Physician’s orders: A brand new strategy to meals insecurity

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Visitor: Dr. Andrew Boozary, doctor and government director of UHN’s Gattuso Centre for Social Medication

A pilot mission known as Meals Rx, run in collaboration with the College Well being Community (UHN) and the non-profit FoodShare, is aiming to deal with rising meals insecurity in Toronto with a “physician’s prescription” for normal dwelling supply of contemporary fruit and greens. Almost one in 5 Toronto households have insufficient or insecure entry to meals as a result of lack of cash, and it has develop into a severe public well being difficulty. Based on the newest Who’s Hungry report by the Day by day Bread and North York Harvest Meals banks, visits to meals banks skyrocketed by 47 per cent final yr. Pilot applications like Meals Rx are a lot wanted however what does it say a couple of system the place well being care staff are offering prescriptions for meals and can it work as meals inflation continues to rise?

This episode was produced by Saba Eitizaz, Alexis Inexperienced and Matthew Hearn

Saba Eitizaz is a co-host and producer on the Star’s podcast staff. She is predicated in Toronto. Observe her on Twitter: @sabaeitizaz